Monroeville, PA (April 4, 2019) – April is designated Community Banking Month, and the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers utilizes this national celebration as a platform to communicate the important role that community banks play supporting their hometowns and neighborhoods with an annual awards program. This program, The Community Banking Hometown Champions, is designed to honor banks that are strategically committed to impacting communities in significant ways. PACB member banks provide the Association with their involvement…a synopsis of a profound way they are impacting and supporting the communities they serve. Entries are evaluated on the IMPACT to the community: Implementing Meaningful Projects & Activities to help build stronger Communities for Tomorrow. Standard Bank was honored during the PACB Region I Meeting on March 26, 2019 for its invaluable connection and service to non-profits in the communities they serve, through contributions from the Standard Charitable Foundation. Twice a year, the Standard Charitable Foundation awards grants to local non-profits who help grow Standard Bank’s communities in the areas of housing, education, health and human services, youth programs, and general community improvement. In light of their recent merger with Allegheny Valley Bank, the bank was able to award a total of $141,369 in grants in 2018 alone (a record amount to date!). Since its inception in 2011, the Standard Charitable Foundation has awarded nearly $700,000 in local funding. Standard Bank donates an additional $20,000+ annually to support the local fundraising efforts of even the smallest, yet most meaningful, efforts in their hometowns. The Standard Charitable Foundation is just one example of how Standard Bank embodies their mission as a community bank—and is just one more way to support the communities that have supported them for over 100 years. About PACB The Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers (PACB) is a statewide trade association exclusively representing and supporting the interests of community bank members through advocacy, training, education and peer networking. To see more about Community Banking Hometown Champion Awards visit hometownbanker.org.